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Re: Preventing mistakenly deleting branch tags

From: Donald Sharp
Subject: Re: Preventing mistakenly deleting branch tags
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 16:19:54 -0400
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On Mon, Jun 04, 2001 at 01:08:03PM -0700, Stephen Cameron wrote:
> --- Donald Sharp <sharpd@cisco.com> wrote:
> > On Mon, Jun 04, 2001 at 12:01:21PM -0700, Stephen Cameron wrote:
> > > 
> > > It prevents this mistake:
> > > cvs tag -d sometag
> > > "Oh crap, I meant to type someothertag!  sometag is my branch tag!!!
> > ^C^C^C^C"
> > 
> > Your proposal doesn't stop this( adding another command line switch
> > doesn't stop people from typing the wrong branch/tag name. ).
> > There is nothing that can ever stop the accident from happening.
> > 
> My patch transforms the _consequence_ of the mistake from potentially
> catastrophic unrecoverable branch tag loss into warning messages.

That's fair.

> However, it's clear that you believe people will, for some strange reason,
> become accustomed to typing "cvs tag -d -b sometag" even when they don't need
> "-b" 99.9999% of the time, thus reducing the effectiveness of the "-b" to
> nothing.  

Users do strange things, all the time.  part of my arguement was that they 
are going to learn the -b behaviour and use it regardless.  And then
your patch doesn't stop them anymore.

> Since you're the only one that's giving a strong opinion, and your opinoin
> seems to be that you don't like it, well, ok.  I know when I'm beat.

There's no need/reason for this attitude.  I'm trying help come up with what's
best for cvs.  If what I am doing isn't helping, or my arguement
doesn't make sense please inform me so I can fix it.

> later,
> -- steve
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